Dental Health

Take Charge of Your Dental Health in Clark, NJ

Good dental health means more than just an attractive smile. Untreated oral diseases and poor oral health can have a significant impact on your overall quality of life. In many cases, the condition of your dental health mirrors the condition of the rest of your body as a whole.

Valley Road Dental Excellence is committed to just that—excellence. Our doctor and staff work hard each day to ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care, at prices they can afford. The information below is meant to act as a resource. If you have any other questions about our services, treatment options, or our dental practice, please contact us today.

What is Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a chronic infection and inflammation of the gums and surrounding tissue. Gum disease effects 3 out of 4 people at some point in their life, and is a major cause of about 70 percent of adult tooth loss. Periodontitis and gingivitis are both periodontal diseases.

How Can Gum Disease Affect My Cardiovascular Health?

Research has found possible links between gum infections and other diseases throughout the body. Studies suggest there may be a link between cardiovascular disease and gum disease. Some studies suggest gum disease and poor oral health may be a more serious risk factor for heart disease than age, gender, high blood pressure (hypertension) and smoking. This suggests that people with gum disease are at a higher risk for heart attacks.

Does Diabetes Affect Dental Health?

An estimated 20 million people have diabetes, but only two-thirds of these individuals have been diagnosed. Research has shown diabetics are more susceptible to developing oral infections and gum disease than non-diabetics. Oral infections in diabetics tend to be more severe than those in people without diabetes. Diabetics who do not maintain their blood sugar levels tend to experience increased oral health problems. Furthermore, these infections tend to occur more often after puberty and in older patients.

Is Child A Candidate for Dental Sealants?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 70 percent of American children are affected by tooth decay by age 19. If left untreated, tooth decay or cavities can result in infection and pain.

An effective, preventative treatment option to prevent tooth decay is dental sealants. Sealants are a plastic film that is applied to the chewing surface of teeth. It forms a protective barrier between tooth enamel and keeps bacteria and food particles from penetrating the tooth's surface.

What is Dry Mouth?

Xerostomia or dry mouth is caused when the salivary glands do not work properly, and saliva production is decreased. Salivary glands help keep your mouth moist. This prevents oral health problems such as tooth decay.

Dry mouth is often a side effect of prescription and over-the-counter medications. More than 400 medications can contribute to mouth dryness. Antidepressants, tranquilizers, diuretics, antihypertensives, painkillers, and antihistamines are the most common troublemakers.

What is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers. In the United States, roughly 35,000 new cases are reported annually. The vast majority of oral cancer patients are people older than 50. Men are twice as likely as women to develop the disease. The floor of the mouth, the tongue, soft palate tissues in the back of the tongue, lips, and gums are the most frequent oral cancer sites. Oral cancer can spread if it is not diagnosed and treated in its early stages. If this occurs, it can lead to chronic pain, loss of function, oral or facial disfigurement and even death. At Valley Road Dental Excellence, you can receive a thorough, easy oral cancer screening.

Restore Your Dental Health With Valley Road Dental Excellence

For more information about the topics above or for general dentistry questions, please give our office a call at 732-382-2715 today. We are dedicated to helping you achieve your best dental health. Additionally, you may fill out an online contact form to schedule an appointment.